Substance Abuse Classes for Families of Addicts | PAX Riverbend

Are There Substance Abuse Classes for Families of Addicts?

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Substance abuse classes are an amazing way to help your loved one and yourself. Education leads to greater understanding, which can increase your empathy and help you move beyond misconceptions and stereotypes.

Watching your loved one go through addiction can be almost as devastating as being an addict yourself. The person you once knew slowly begins to lose touch with themselves and the world around them as addiction becomes their lifeline. You want to help them get better, but you’re only human too. Naturally, you may start to feel frustrated, depressed and even resentful toward your family member for putting you through this.

Helping an Addict With Substance Abuse

Watching a friend or loved one go through addiction can cause you to feel guilty. Deep down, you may believe that they’re the ones putting themselves through this and could stop anytime they wanted. They may even tell you that they want to get sober, but nothing changes.

You might blame them for their addiction and hate yourself for it. But this isn’t your fault. There are a lot of substance abuse myths, and education classes can help you learn and improve.

Substance Abuse Classes for Families

Family therapy programs and support groups are the best way to learn about how to help an addict. There are many ways that family members can get involved, regain a sense of power in a helpless situation and find invaluable resources.

Many drug rehab and recovery centers offer support groups for families of addicts. They also have family therapy included in their treatment programs, so loved ones are able to heal and assist in their loved one’s treatment.

What Support Groups Can Do for You

As the family member of an addict, substance abuse has just as much of an impact on your life as it does theirs. You may often feel like you are trapped, hopeless and maybe even to blame for your loved one’s problem.

There are often three important C’s addressed in support groups:

  • Cause
  • Control
  • Cure

You did not cause your loved one’s addiction, and you cannot control their desire to change. You also cannot cure them, no matter how desperately you want to or how much you try to help.

What can you do instead?

  • Support
  • Encourage
  • Assist

You can support your loved one’s recovery, not their addiction. You do this by not being an enabler, encouraging them to get help and assisting them with finding the right rehab.

Support groups employ a variety of activities that help families overcome addiction one step at a time. These include presentations by licensed substance abuse counselors, discussions, goal-setting, and communication skill-building. The more you understand about substance abuse and addiction, the easier it will be to openly discuss it with your loved one.

Addiction Therapy for Families

Rehab helps families overcome substance abuse as a unit. They can also help rebuild connections and teach you how to detach yourself from your loved one’s addiction without disowning them. This is a struggle that often keeps many people trapped in an unhealthy, self-destructive cycle.

Many families are divided by addiction, but you do not have to stay this way forever. The right substance abuse classes and therapy can teach you how to help your loved one without sacrificing yourself.

Support groups and counseling led by a licensed substance abuse counselor can also help you learn about intervention. If your loved one isn’t ready to get help or still denies they have a problem, a counselor can help you learn how to talk to them and even stage an intervention with their rehab.

The truth is that you can never make your loved one stop using drugs, but you can change how you interact with their addiction. It is not your responsibility to fix them or endlessly support them.

Many family members of addicts often develop unhealthy habits themselves. Addiction therapy and support groups can help you break the cycle, change for the better and start moving forward.

Contact us today to at 866-300-6707 learn more about addiction family support groups, therapy and substance abuse treatment programs in your area. Our representatives are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to take your call.

Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019

Dr Ashley

Medical Reviewer

Chief Editor


All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Dr Ashley Murray obtained her MBBCh Cum Laude in 2016. She currently practices in the public domain in South Africa. She has an interest in medical writing and has a keen interest in evidence-based medicine.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.